After 7 whole days in Florida, the 2012 Simmons Softball team has touched down back in Boston for the rest of the season. Although the numbers may not show it, we had an extremely successful spring break training trip and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of us all! Now I’m going to get a little sappy so brace yourselves…
I’ve been on this team for 4 years and I’m not just saying this to be nice (those of you who know me know that I don’t lie just to make people feel better) but this is the most talented group of girls I’ve ever played with and I couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of in my senior season. After only playing 10 games in just a short week, I can already tell that we have such a promising season ahead of us and all the teams in the GNAC should be shaking in their britches for when they face the shark attack of Simmons Softball!
For our freshmen, we’ve got Lauren & Amanda C. as our starting pitchers throwing curves, screws, change-ups, you name it! They both are so impressive with their poise, skill and slight ‘tude on the mound. Then there’s Alaina and Hannah holding up the left side of the infield as the hot-corner and short stop, respectively. These two have knocked down balls and prevented the other team from getting some pretty good hits. They’ve also been really remarkable in the batters box! Victoria has done an amazing job at holding the fort down behind the plate, throwing girls out when they’ve tried to steal 2nd on us! Jen has stepped up to the plate and been our DP (designated player, so she bats in the lineup but doesn’t play in the field). When I say she’s stepped up, I mean she’s literally stepped up! She’s been working on her slapping and so far, so good! Jess has done a great job coming in as a pinch hitter and has gotten the job done when we’ve really needed a hit. Danielle has also come in during the games as a pinch hitter and pinch runner. We know we can count on these 2 to come in prepared to work hard!
Now onto the sophomores. Our former GNAC rookie of the year, Em Cunningham, has kept her legend alive and has been slugging the ball all around the field, and even over the fence a few times! She’s also been playing awesome at 1st base, scooping up balls and getting the team some serious outs! Christina has also been smacking the ball all around and has also been playing a mean right field. Actually, she’s mostly been tripping over herself, but we’ll forgive her for that! J Kate has been coming in as a relief pitcher for us and has been so crucial to our team. She’s helped stop teams from scoring on us and has also thrown pitches by them, making them swing and look like fools! Thanks for the laughs Kate! Katie (K-Mack) has also been like a wall behind the plate, splitting games with Victoria. Her speed on the bases has also helped us score more runs.
For the juniors, Ari has been playing left field, tracking down balls and has been shutting down the other teams! Her speed and strong throw are such an asset to this team! Cailin’s been at 2nd base, stopping balls from going up the middle and has also been making some extremely crucial plays for the team. The two of them also have been strong hitters in our line-up.
And the seniors. Sami has been so supportive of us all and has stayed so positive through her injury. She’s been helping the pitchers especially when Atlee left mid-way through the week. She’s also been all of our #1 fan, constantly cheering and encouraging us! And for myself, I’ve been playing center field, also falling down in the outfield like Christina so I really can’t poke fun at her!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible throughout the season, starting with this coming Tuesday at MIT at 4 pm. As for now, I’m going to go catch up on some sleep since we were all up at 3:30 am (thanks for that coach!)
- Amanda Gould, #12